Ten Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts That Don't Suck

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Crap! Father's Day is this Sunday and you still haven't gotten anything for your old man. Thankfully, there's still time to snap up a last-minute gift that he will actually love. Most of these suggestions can be purchased from local brick-and-mortar retailers. (We've also included online links if your dad doesn't mind waiting!)

Affordable

Socks 'n' jocks

Wait, hear me out. Most dads (myself included) stubbornly cling to socks and underwear until they unspool around our waists and ankles. Some fresh pairs are therefore always appreciated. Bonds currently has 40% off men's socks and underwear. The same deal is available at Myer and Big W.

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Predator Box Set

If your dad is a blokey bloke who loves musclebound action, it doesn't get much better than the Predator box set. The pack contains three movies: the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring original, the wacky-but-fun Predator 2 and the underrated Predators. You can pick it up from JB Hi-Fi for just $20.99 (save $8.99.)


Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!

Deliveroo has concocted some gloriously OTT Bacon dishes for Father's Day including Bacon Shake, Maple Bacon Pie, Vegan Bacon Burgers and Bacon Sushi(!). Participating stores include BL Burgers and The Pie Tin in NSW, Salon De Sushi and Pierrick Boyer in Victoria, Two Bit Villians and Pancake Kitchen in South Australia and Chimek in WA.


Moderate

Game of Thrones Mixed 2 Pack Wine

Wine is a pretty lame and thoughtless Father's Day gift - except when it's Game Of Thrones branded, of course! If your dad is a fan George R R Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire saga, this is the ultimate Father's Day tipple. Shipped fresh from the Arbor! (Actually, I think it's from California, but whatevs.) You can get this one from Dan Murphy's.


Detroit: Become Human

If your dad is a gamer who owns a PlayStation 4, Quantic Dream’s latest cinematic adventure Detroit: Become Human is the game to get this Father's Day. It's set in 2038 and follows the plight of three lifelike androids on the eve of a robotic uprising. Even if your dad's rubbish at games he'll be able to play this one. You can download Detroit: Become Human from the PlayStation Store for $54.95 - down from $99.95.


Eric Idle: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life tickets

Veteran comedian Eric Idle is coming to Australia for an intimate conversation about his life and career. The show is set to take place on November 27 at the Seymour Centre, York Theatre in Chippendale, NSW. The perfect Father's Day gift for a Python fanatic. Tickets start at $25 but you'll want to get the Premium $65 version which comes with a signed copy of Idle's book of the same name.

Exxy

Microsoft Surface Go

This week, Microsoft released the 2-in-1 Surface Go laptop. At 10 inches, it's the smallest Surface yet and arguably the best - especially if your dad only needs it for general day-to-day computing. The base model costs $599 and can be picked up from most major electronic retailers in Australia. You can also purchase it direct from Microsoft.

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A streaming subscription

If you're dad is doggedly sticking to DVDs for his entertainment fix, it's time to hook him up with a streaming subscription. If he's a sports nut, you'll want to go with a Foxtel package which starts at $39 per month. If TV shows and movies are more his bag, Stan and Netflix are both worth considering - they start at $10 and $9.95 per month, respectively.

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BenQ 4K HDR Home Entertainment Projector

The BenQ TK800 is a 4K UHD HDR home theatre projector specifically designed for sports viewing. This makes it the perfect gift for footy-loving dads - especially with the finals just around the corner. You can get this one from JB Hi-Fi for $2198.


DJI Mavic 2 Series drones

DJI's Mavic 2 Pro drone includes a Hasselblad camera with a one-inch sensor and goes for $2299. If that's a bit steep, the $1999 Mavic 2 Zoom includes a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor with 2X optical zoom and 4X digital zoom. Both are also available from JB Hi-Fi. (Just make sure your dad has boned up on drone flying laws!)

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